Cybercrime increases during lockdown, students tackle mask profiteering and how the COVID-19 is affecting disabled communities – 5th June

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Here’s a round-up of some of the latest stories about UK university COVID-19 projects and initiatives shared on social media over the last 24 hours. 

1. University of Wolverhampton students provide essential services for key workers and vulnerable people

Education students at the University of Wolverhampton have been using their skills to provide support within the community and to NHS Trusts across the region. 

As well as looking after the children of NHS staff, the students are working in NHS hospitals to provide children and vulnerable adults with educational and practical support. 

2. University of Huddersfield students boost the wellbeing of older people

In collaboration with Age UK Wakefield, the University of Huddersfield are pioneering an audio-visual telehealth-coaching service to help keep older people mentally and physically well during the pandemic.

Under supervision, occupational health and physiotherapy students will be delivering specially tailored advice and support to older people in Wakefield.

3. University of Cambridge researchers find the COVID-19 lockdown fuels cybercrime 

Dr Ben Collier from the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre at the University of Cambridge has issued a warning following a rise in cybercrime during the lockdown. 

He recommends people think twice before buying testing kits or face masks online or replying to a text apparently sent by the UK Government.

4. Academic writes new book to help people write poems about loss – University of Central Lancashire

The COVID-19 death toll continues to rise across the world so a University of Lancaster academic, Dr Yvonne Reddick, has written a book to help people process their grief using poetry. 

The book, Poetry, Grief and Healing, includes poems written by leading poets as well as simple writing exercises to help readers write their own poetry. 

5. Volunteers make essential medical gowns for the NHS – University of Bath

The University of Bath has undertaken a project to make thousands of gowns for The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust with the help of local volunteers. 

Furloughed University worker, James, has driven over 800 miles to collect and deliver over 2,500 essential gowns in the past few weeks.

6. University of Sheffield podcast addresses the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on people with disabilities

In the latest Coronavirus, Examined podcast by the University of Sheffield, Professor Dan Goodley at the University’s School of Education, talks about how the COVID-19 crisis has affected disabled people across the world. 

7. University of St Andrews students tackle COVID-19 profiteers by selling cost price PPE

As some attempt to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic by selling face masks at hugely inflated prices, two University of St Andrews students have set up a project to sell face masks at cost price. 

Mask Bros, sells non-medical face masks to the public charging just a small fee to cover the costs of their website, shipping and other essentials.

8. The University of Chester donates sweet treats to key workers on the frontline

Catering staff at the University of Chester have donated surplus confectionery and soft drinks to key workers on the frontline including staff at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and Blacon Police Station. 

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